…”the Freedoms we enjoy still today”…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA! Today is the 241st Birthday of Our/MY Country. The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was under way. But on July 4th, 1776, in the midst of a War, The Thirteen Colonies declared independence as the United States of America. Many have Fought & TOO many have DIED, thru 241 years, fighting to preserve Our/MY Country/These United States of America. I hope that ALL YOU AMERICANS, today, will take just a few moments out of your celebrations of this day to remember all those Men & Women. For without their sacrifices, and all that fought alongside of them (even today), the Freedoms we enjoy still today would not exist. THINK about that. Think long & hard because too many are tryin’ to give those RIGHTS away. God Bless you all & God Bless The United States of America.” Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Now, is this tellin’ me, a Veteran, somethin'”…

Sittin’ here this mornin’, on July 1, 2017, I find myself readin’ various posts about the VA Hospital & the Negative Issues around the Country. As I mentioned in a previous Post the other day “I stand by MY Personal Experiences with the Birmingham, AL VA Hospital as ALL bein’ good experiences”! But as I sit here thinkin’ back about my last two trips to the VA Hospital my mind went to wanderin’ again. When I was there on March 13, 2017 I happen to notice all of the Pictures of, FORMER, President Obama scattered all over the halls I walked down. I guess the reason I  happen to notice them was, because, about that time I was hearing & reading things about the VA Administration facilities NOT having “Official Pictures of, FORMER, President Obama replaced with Pictures of, CURRENT, President Trump. At the time the “Official Excuse” issued was that there had not been an “Officially Approved Picture” of, CURRENT, President Trump issued. Some reports mentioned there had even been Pictures of, CURRENT, President Trump put up in place of, FORMER, President Obama, only to be removed over night & Obama pictures Re-Hung! So, when I was walkin’ down the halls of the Birmingham, AL VA Hospital this week, June 28, 2017, I noticed all of the Pictures of, FORMER, President Obama had been removed! Many, if not all, of the walls had been repainted. And I must say they looked nice! But I didn’t notice a SINGLE picture of, CURRENT, President Trump! I consider myself a pretty observant person. Now, I will say it is possible that I may have missed ONE. But they weren’t on almost EVERY hall as, FORMER, President Obama’s had been. Now, is this tellin’ me, a Veteran, somethin’? Hum-m-m…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”But oh they’ll ALL be Talkin’ “…

THANK GOD IT WASN’T ANY WORSE THAN IT WAS!…

This mornin’ our Nation suffered from the actions of yet another CRAZY! At approximately 7:00am ET/6:00am CT a Stranger, I’ll refer to him as Stranger #1, on a street in Alexandria, Virginia asks another Stranger, I’ll refer to him as Stranger #2, about some men out on a Baseball Field in a local park, “are those Democrats or Republicans”?  Stranger #2 responds “Republicans”. Just a few moments later GUNSHOTS begin to ring out! A US Congressman lays on the ground WOUNDED! Luckily it wasn’t Life Threatening we later found out. And few others as well, including Protection Detail members. Also, Stranger #1, the shooter, was shot & taken down. After hearing the reports on the News, about all that had transpired, by the DC Police & Alexandria, Virginia Poilce, & as well as others, I predicted (@ approximately 11:00am ET/10:00amCT) “I just wonder if the “Shooter” will ever make it to the inside of a Court? Hum-m-m-m…”. I less than an one (1) I then heard the “Shooter had passed away”. I then posted a second comment (@ approximately 11:45am ET/10:45amCT) “I hate to say “I told you so, but, I TOLD YOU SO”!…“. Now, let the RUMORS Begin! ALL of the Talkin’ Heads are droolin’, as they rush for their microphones & cameras, to be the 1st to spew what little is STILL known about exactly happened & why. Hell, most of them will be Talkin’ just to hear themselves Talk! But oh they’ll ALL be Talkin’! You know it’s goin’ to happen…”Hold’em Hook”…..BG>

…”all of us as a Family”…

MY Bride & I arrived back home last night safe, sound, & worn out. We spent the last week out in the Ft Worth, TX area with her sister & family (husband, daughter) @ their house. It wasn’t a “Vacation Trip” either. It was one of those “Family Get Togethers” about evaluating a elderly family member (NO not me, not-yet anyway) & their ability to live alone. MY Bride & Sister-in-Laws Widowed Mother is 89 years Old & currently lives by herself in Ohio. There are NO family members within a 11 hr drive or more. She is currently visitin’ with them as well. The days drug on as the Adult Children, family members, were observing daily activities, physical abilities, & conversation to evaluate memory skills, etc. of Mom. Fortunately she has not suffered any major health issues but she is startin’ to slip. And it is a slippery slope! There have been & are increasin’ “tale tale signs”. To openly discuss Assisted Livin’, givin’ up her Car, movin’ closer to or movin’ in with one of her two children (daughters), meets with a lot of resistance. I understand NO ONE wants to give up their Independence/Freedom and have to rely on someone else for most all of your/their needs. But, if we live long enough it usually takes folks in that direction. For those of you lucky enough to still have your parents livin’ it is not easy to go through. Love them all you can! My family has already lived through it & it takes a toll on all involved. But, they are Our/Your Parents & that is just what we do. No firm decisions were made but hopefully we, the family, will be able to convince my Mother-in-Law what will be best for Her & Her Family. She will be with my Sister-in-Law & her family for a few more days. So we’ll see how things go from there. While in the Ft Worth, TX area, I was fortunate to be able to separate myself from those issues to MEET & have lunch with a “FB Friend” who broke away from work for a short time. We shared only an hour together but it was enjoyable finally meetin’ & gettin’ to know him. I look forward to doin’ it again my next trip out, hopefully under better conditions. Also my Bride & I were able to breakaway, on another day, to meet an Ole Friend from our Germany days for lunch. It’s amazin’ how much you can share & catch up on in such a short period of time. I have other friends in that area but time was limited for OUR time. I hope & pray that all our efforts, as a Family, have a positive result for my Mother-in-Law. Because what ever the outcome of this “Family Get Together” is it will eventually effect all of us as a Family…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Until next time”…

Today started out as “one of those days” none of us want to participate in. But, then, there is something deep inside of us that tells us, we know where we need to go. One of “The Ole Fourth Ave South Kids”, the older sister of two younger brothers, life long friends of mine, Passed just the other day. She/The older sister was several years older than me. She was always a very friendly person, just like her Mother was. We lived next door to their family from the time I was 20 months old until I was 11 yrs old. My Mother remarried & we (my Mother, brother, & I) left my Grandparents house & moved about 7 miles away. At that age it was a LONG distance. But we, the brothers & I, kept in touch through the Summer Swimming Pool/Cascade Plunge where we all hung out at & Wahouma Ball Park where so many of us played Summer Baseball. Anyway, the younger brother & I were the best of friends thru our High School years. I went in the Military, as had his older brother. We reunited after the four (4) years I gave The USAF. And as some relationships go we slowly sort of drifted (careers, marriage, & children) apart. But we ARE still Friends! Always will be! We, the three of us, got to  spend some time talkin’ after the Funeral today. I did enjoy it so, but just not the circumstances. And life goes on. Until next time, my friends, under better conditions I hope…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”I have to be true to myself”…

I’ve had several folks ask me to down size my “Blog Posts” cause they don’t want to go on my blog site, holdemhook.wordpress.com,  to read my entire blog. I can see where I may bore some folks. The problem with that is, I guess, I’m just too “Verbose” for my own good. I understand. This may cause me to lose some readers or possibly even gain me one or two. But then it’s MY Blog & I have to be true to myself. Nuff said…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>


Part #3: …”until NEXT TIME”…

Part #3: …”until NEXT TIME”

Later in the mornin’, there’s the Acrobatics of The Rail Road Guy. They were phenomenal! From just a short distance away we had “Ring Side Seats”. The three of us (The Ole Marine, The APC Mechanic & Me) in my boat happened to be lookin’ at JUST the right time. It was truly a “Kodak Moment”! There he was, as it always appears to happen, in Slow Motion, beginnin’ to topple forward, rod & reel already haven been released from his grip, along with the rockin’ of the boat from the waves & wind (& I think assisted from The Parts Man & The Banker in the boat) he was teeterin’ left to right & front to back. Arms were flailin’ around tryin’ to regain his balance, it didn’t work! His feet were doin’ some sort of dance, I wasn’t familiar with the steps, as well but that too didn’t help! His efforts were all to no avail. There he was…goin’ down! The only question was-was he goin’ In The Drink or Nose Divin’ in the bottom of the Boat? Well after a few long-long seconds in time, that seemed like several minutes, “Thar She (He) Blows/Falls”! The bottom of the Boat won out! {{{{{ CRASH ! }}}}}. The good thing was he wasn’t hurt! By some sort of miracle there were No Rods were broken. But the rest of us, well we were all hutrin’ from laughin’ our asses off. Hell, we couldn’t fish for what seemed like an hour! Me personally, hell, my ribs & my throat hurt. My head was even throbbin’. He crashed right into a pile of Rods & Hooks and somehow seemed to keep from havin’ some of those sharp hook from penetratin’ his baby soft skin. As our day on the water came to an end for the guys in my boat, we headed to the Boat Ramp & got the boat on the trailer & out of the water. We were at the top of the boat ramp securin’ our gear.  Then we hear {{{{{ Crash – Boom – Bang ! }}}}} we all spin around turn to see a nice Aluminum Bass Boat slidin’ down the Boat Ramp that just slid off of it’s trailer, with a Older (than us) Gentleman in it! They, him & his younger partner, had made the mistake of UNHOOKIN’ the Bow Line from their boat at the top of the ramp. We later recalled the comments I had mad earlier in the mornin’ “Somethin’ I have seen too many times thru the years”. Luckily no one was hurt. We assisted them, along with others near by, to get it back on the trailer. That bein’ done, they decided to launch again, successfully that time, & go Fishin’. I know the other guys will recall other events, about our trip as well,  but these are mine. The next mornin’ three of us, The Banker, The Rail Road Guy & I, took to the water one last time. The others had already departed for various reason. We caught a few more fish, told some more “Fairy Lies”, headed in & had lunch together then parted ways ourselves, “until NEXT TIME”!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>